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  • Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave.  His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
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  •  New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
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  • Kem Owens
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    Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem," has come a long way from Nashville, Tennessee to his current hometown of Detroit, Michigan. So, one figures that is why this musical genius has written and performed songs…
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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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Never one content to look back or revisit past glories, in his lifetime Miles Davis took jazz on a mind-bending journey that pushed the music into ever expanding vistas tha…

Some time has passed since saxophonist Jimmy Green made his debut record for Criss Cross. By comparison with the recently released Forever, Greene seems to ha…

Possibly because of its many stylistic variants and the large number of musicians involved in the music during its heydays, recorded jazz has been more closely tied to vari…
The opening strains of Jim Rotondi’s "The Nomad" bring to mind a Cedar Walton line. You know, the kind that you’d find on those old Prestige records or possibly on an Art B…
Back in the ‘80s, drummer Ralph Peterson was a force to be reckoned with and his substantial string of Blue Note sides forged a track record that was nothing short of brill…
At times living in the shadow of brother Walt, pianist Joel Weiskopf is a serious jazz pianist with an individualistic style that is an amalgam of a great number of influen…
Still the leader of the pack when it comes to reissues, the Verve Music Group has had a banner year with a wealth of intriguing product that comes from a vast number of cat…
Success can be somewhat of a double-edged sword for artists, particularly when they peak to great heights somewhat early in terms of their chronological years. As such, few…
With the one year anniversary of the passing of bassist Ray Brown just around the corner, it’s not surprising to see this two-disc package of what amounts to the final stud…
I can first remember being aware of the Savoy Records label when I discovered a two-record set of Charlie Parker sides that were issued at the time by Arista Records. I lit…
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